One of the verses that I like is Matthew 7:7
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Some might say I like this verse because its focused on me, and what I can get. Lately I’ve been struggling with coming to reality that although I’ve asked and prayed … it has not been given to me. This is hard for me because often I’ll find myself striving after my own ambitions and desires, and in my arrogant and prideful mind I justify it and believe that my way is the right way.
Seeing lately that there is an unanswered prayer in my life its made me really step back and wonder why, Why isn’t God making this happen. I mean come on God I’m on a time table here! Its funny to say but that honestly what I’m doing in my thoughts and actions.
My God, Savior, and Lord is not this puppet that I can simply use to bring me joy and possessions. In Romans 8, God clearly tells us how we are predestined to be conformed to the image of His son! … who is Jesus Christ. Who came into the same world we are in and selflessly laid down his life for us. Coming to serve and not be served.
The Christian life is not about getting what you want; rather, it is about taking up your cross daily (Matthew 16:24-25), dying to your selfish desires and living for the glory of the Sovereign God who created you, sustains you and is working in you. The promise that all things work together for good is meant to remind us of the sovereignty of God over all things. It reminds us that even in situations we would never choose or desire, God is working. It reminds us that the God who declared us to be just, righteous and cleansed, is working to sanctify us. And this is the God who will complete the work in us.
So with all that said, I’ve been extremely convicted as I’m treating God as the giver of gifts and not offering anything back. God’s really showing me how selfish and prideful I’m being. I need to follow Christ’s example of coming to serve and not be served.
I feel that James 4:3 sums it up well!
“You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”
I’m having to take a look at why I asked God for this, why I felt it was needed. I need to ask him for guidance and for his will to be done in this situation. Although I don’t why its unanswered, but I know that if I submit to God’s plan then his will for my life will be accomplished! Just something thats been on my mind! Still praying for it! But I’m praying for God’s will above mine!
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